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Richard Ivey School Of Business - HBA Combined Programs

The combined degree programs are administered on behalf of the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Don Wright Faculty of Music.

The combined program is a five-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Specialization in Music and a BA in Honours Business Administration (HBA). In Years 1 and 2, students are registered in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours Specialization in Music in the Don Wright Faculty of Music and follow the normal curriculum for this degree. In Year 3, students are registered in the HBA program. Students are registered in the combined program in Years 4 and 5.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet normal admission requirements for both programs. Normally, students apply to the HBA program during their second year in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours Specialization in Music. Students applying to the Ivey Business School's Academic Excellence Opportunity (AEO) are also eligible to be considered for the combined program. Admission is competitive and limited.

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the combined program, in the first two years, students must complete all requirements for Years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Arts with Honours Specialization in Music, including Business Administration 2257. In the first two years, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 78%, a minimum mark of 70% in Business Administration 2257, and no mark less than 60%. They must also gain admission to the HBA program through the regular application process.

Module/Program Information

Year 1*

2.0 courses: Music 1649A/B, Music 1651A/B or the former Music 1650A/B, Music 1710F/G, Music 1750F/G or the former Music 1711F/G.
3.0 non-music courses.

Year 2

1.5 courses: Music 2651A/B or the former Music 2649A/B, Music 2671F/G or the former Music 2650A/B, Music 2750F/G or the former Music 2710F/G, the former Music 2711F/G.
1.0 course: Business Administration 2257.
2.5 music or non-music electives.

Year 3 – HBA1

The third year of the undergraduate program in Business Administration consists of an integrated set of courses (7.5 courses) designed to give a basic understanding of the functions and the interrelationships of the major areas of management, as well as to develop problem-solving and action-planning skills.

All students will take:

Business Administration 3300K, Business Administration 3301K, Business Administration 3302K, Business Administration 3303K, Business Administration 3304K, Business Administration 3311K, Business Administration 3316K, Business Administration 3321K, Business Administration 3322K, Business Administration 3323K.

Years 4 and 5 (5.0 Music courses, 2.5 music or non-music courses, and 6.0 HBA2 credits)

A minimum of 7.5 Music elective courses must be completed for the module in Years 2 through 5, at least 5.5 of which must be at the 2000-level or above.

*First-year students must include 1.0 course from each of two of the three categories (A, B, and C). At least 1.0 course must be chosen from each of the three categories (A, B and C).
**No more than 7.0 courses numbered 1000-1999 may be used to fulfill the BA degree requirements.


Years 4 and 5 (HBA requirements can be taken over Year 4 or 5 – except Business 4569 must be taken in Year 4).

2.5 courses:

3.5 additional business electives

For students who entered the HBA Program in September 2016 and prior, please refer to the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar.


Program Requirements

Students registered in the combined program are expected to abide by all guidelines associated with each of the individual programs.

Progression Standards

Students in the combined program must meet the normal progression standards for both the BA (Honours Specialization in Music) and HBA programs. Students enrolled in HBA1 (Year 3) must attain a minimum weighted average of at least 78%. In Years 4 and 5, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000-level HBA2 courses. They also must attain a minimum average of 70% with no grade less than 60% in the Music module, and a passing grade in each option.

Failure to Meet Progression Standards

A student who fails to meet the combined program progression standards in any year must withdraw from the combined program. However, a student who has met the progression standards of either the HBA or BA (Honours Specialization in Music) program will be allowed to proceed to the next year of that program. If the progression standards of both individual programs have been satisfied, the student may continue in either program and may petition the School or Faculty whose program was not selected for permission to complete that program at a later date. A student who is required to withdraw from the combined program and wishes to pursue either of the individual programs or both programs through a concurrent degree, must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or concurrent programs in order to graduate from that/those program(s).

Dean's Honour List

At the Richard Ivey School of Business, students are considered for the Dean's Honour List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years 4 and 5 of the combined program are considered for the Dean's Honour List in Year 5 only. Only grades obtained in 4000-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for the purposes of determination of Dean's Honour List standing. Courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. Calculations for Ivey Scholar and Gold Medals are completed in the same way.

In the Don Wright Faculty of Music, students are considered for the Dean's Honour List during Years 1, 2, 4 and 5, based on achieving an average of 80% or higher, with no failed courses, during that academic year.

Related Information


Upon completion of this combined program, students will receive a BA with Honours Specialization in Music and a BA in Honours Business Administration.

Graduation with Distinction

Eligibility to graduate "With Distinction" for each degree is determined by each Faculty.

International Exchange Programs

Students in the combined Music/HBA degree program may be eligible to participate in academic exchange programs. Interested students should discuss exchange options with the HBA Program Office and Don Wright Faculty of Music.